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Not a southern legitimacy statement, but a statement nonetheless: I was born and raised in Olsztyn, Poland. I studied history at UWM in Olsztyn and currently live and write in Gdansk. born It would take two flights of narrow stairs below the street.The room filled slowly until obstinate gravity suffocated…

Click here to read more... Kamil Czyz: Poetry: June 2021

Kamil Czyz: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Michigan, which is south of Canada. When I was 12 years old I was stranded in Kentucky for a week, which is south of Cincinnati. I am a freelance writer and have a degree in History and Political Science from Central…

Click here to read more... Jeffrey Miller: Poetry: June 2021

Jeffrey Miller: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My family has lived in the south for around 400 years. Something Simple The days are getting longer and longer, a deputy marshal got a shave afterkilling a man on the Western. I want something simple like whenmy grandfather sliced open awatermelon with a big knife onhis…

Click here to read more... Benjamin Nash : Poetry: June 2021

Benjamin Nash : Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Texas born. Texas raised. Anyone not born in Texas is a Yankee in my book. I think that about covers it. Surely Not the Likeness What’s the easiest way to make a city boy holler? Turn off his air conditioner. A city boy can’t stand having his…

Click here to read more... Daniel Hybner: Fiction: June 2021

Daniel Hybner: Fiction: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: A native Atlantan (not many of those) with deep matriarchal roots in Savannah, I eventually ended up enrolling at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where I now teach a course on Tennessee Williams. I can drawl if I have to, but I’ve found it…

Click here to read more... Virginia Craighill : Poetry: June 2021

Virginia Craighill : Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My parents are both Mississippians. My grandfather, Reuben Davis, published two novels about life in the Delta. I grew up in Auburn, Alabama, catching snakes, turtles, lizards, and crawdads, and went to college at the University of the South (Sewanee), where I now teach. I still eye…

Click here to read more... Jennifer Davis Michael: Poetry: June 2021

Jennifer Davis Michael: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Confederacy’s Capitol Richmond, Virginia in 1960. By the 1970’s my family had moved to Petersburg, Virginia. I metal detected at Battlefield Park near a grown over ditch that was “The Crater.” Every so often some fool in Walnut Hill would put a parrot…

Click here to read more... James Huneycutt: Poetry: June 2021

James Huneycutt: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Coming from Florida, I am no stranger to wild pets. Kat Kitchins in Neptune Beach was notorious for nursing newborn wolves, and I’ve seen a baby gator in a bathtub in Tallahassee. Over the past few months, I’ve attempted to sketch a next-door neighbor in Carolina, both…

Click here to read more... Forrest Rapier: Poetry: June 2021

Forrest Rapier: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My family came here the year before the Mayflower on the ship that Pocahontas went back to the mother country on. They settled in what’s now Patrick County, VA, and there they’ve stayed ever since. Except my grandmother, who raised me. She ran from the farm the…

Click here to read more... Pam Watts: Poetry: June 2021

Pam Watts: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am a southern transplant, having lived in the south for over 16 years after relocating from Southern California at 19 years old. I found my heart in the small, coastal city of Virginia Beach and now, live in Orlando. Wasteland The digital clock in my parent’s…

Click here to read more... Jessica Sabo: Memoir: June 2021

Jessica Sabo: Memoir: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born in Augusta Georgia, in the same hospital where my father was born, in the same town where my father’s parents still lived, where one great grandparent still lived, and where I grew up and raised my own family. I’m still here. I lived a…

Click here to read more... Lynn D. Smith: Fiction: June 2021

Lynn D. Smith: Fiction: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I grew up in north Alabama, where I learned to shoot Roman candles at bulls from a truck bed, where I caught a baseball with my nose before I could catch one barehanded, where I lay in an ant bed so the doc could check my ankle…

Click here to read more... Will Justice Drake: Poetry: June 2021

Will Justice Drake: Poetry: June 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Georgia and that’s where I’ve returned. I’ve worked at Southern newspapers. And I enjoy mater sandwiches each summer using tomatoes grown at home. Shooting Stars Preferred Mike wanted to discover a new planet or comet. Everybody was finding…

Click here to read more... Ronnie Sirmans: Fiction: May 2021

Ronnie Sirmans: Fiction: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I see a funeral, a widow, her daughter, and her son telling her what uncle did to … Bunched Together I want you to consider for a moment –You walk into the Trident Health Center’s specialty clinic and smell sugar from the cakes and cookies, which, for…

Click here to read more... Thomas Elson: Flash Fiction: May 2021

Thomas Elson: Flash Fiction: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: There’s nothing that steeps a Southerner in their own Southerness quite like living outside of the South. Having grown up in Memphis, I now live in Southern California, where, every day, it seems, I have to explain my Delta accent. I hold fiercely to my Southerness as…

Click here to read more... Claire Fullerton: Essay: May 2021

Claire Fullerton: Essay: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: …[A]nd to further cement my southern roots, I was born in Columbia, SC, raised, largely, in Oklahoma and Texas, and lived in Tennessee and Georgia for a significant portion of my adult life. Hope my southern credentials are up to snuff! At the Edge There is an…

Click here to read more... John Mason: Flash Fiction: May 2021

John Mason: Flash Fiction: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: My parents grew up West Virginia hillbillies, but moved to Pennsylvania (for my dad’s job), where I was born. In North Carolina since age six, for sixty years now, I’ve hailed from the South—North Carolina, Georgia, and currently, Tennessee. When I first came south, I never expected…

Click here to read more... Karen Curran : Memoir: May 2021

Karen Curran : Memoir: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am so Southern I capitalize it. I am so Southern, every Sunday my dad would drive us out to the country to see the old home place where he had a pet pig and ate turnips on the way home from school. I am so Southern…

Click here to read more... Barbara Conrad: Poetry: May 2021

Barbara Conrad: Poetry: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I attended Tulane University and lived and worked in New Orleans upon completion of my studies. From an apartment by the Fairgrounds, in the middle 1990s, I published the avant-garde literary magazine, Mystery Itch. Mentally, I never left the city. “In Old Illinois” My mother has lost…

Click here to read more... Richard George: Fiction: May 2021

Richard George: Fiction: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement : Southern Legitimacy Statement: Though born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, where I started my writing career for a small music magazine, I have lived in rural Virginia with my husband and two children for the last four years. It’s now my home, and my favorite place…

Click here to read more... Danielle Dayney: Memoir: May 2021

Danielle Dayney: Memoir: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee where I attended school from 2nd to 12th grades, at Memphis Campus School and White Station High. After college, I moved to Florida where I am now retired. The Queen’s Skin I, too, am dying to find out why the Queen’s…

Click here to read more... David Lohrey: Poetry: May 2021

David Lohrey: Poetry: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: Native of NC. Currently reside in Clemmons, NC with my lovely wife Jill. Lived and studied in Paris and Dijon for a year and a half before graduating from Wake Forest. Three novels published. The latest: A WALKING SHADOW (Unsolicited Press) 2018. Go to US Review of…

Click here to read more... Gary Bolick: Flash Fiction: May 2021

Gary Bolick: Flash Fiction: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I am probably one of the few people here who did not grow up in the South so please don’t hold it against me. My wife and I originally had our honeymoon here just on a whim, but after vacationing down here in South Carolina (James Island,…

Click here to read more... Jeffrey Perchuk: Poetry: May 2021

Jeffrey Perchuk: Poetry: May 2021

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Southern Legitimacy Statement: I was born and raised in Texas. According to my grandmother, I am a descendant of one of the families who founded San Patricio, Texas Average Working People Are Not Average A compassionate friend once said to me,over a cup of steaming herbal tea,“Are artists really the…

Click here to read more... Jury S. Judge: Poetry: May 2021

Jury S. Judge: Poetry: May 2021